Random things

This weekend started early for me as I took Friday off to prepare for a garage sale.  I decided that baking a tremendous amount of home baked goodies to sell at the sale would be so much more fun than sorting and marking piles and piles of unwanted items.

12 hours later, I was second guessing my decision.

Besides the garage sale, my weekend was incredibly busy.  So busy in fact, this is the first real time that I have had to sit down since Friday morning.  It is currently 9:49 pm on Sunday. 

So as you can imagine, not much got done by way of the garden or the greenhouse.  In fact, even though I had a busy weekend, I have little to show for all of the hard work. Funny how that works.

Anyway, through my last 3 days I took notice of a couple things.  Realizations if you will.

1.  Even though I have an incredible pride in my homegrown produce, not everybody shares the same appreciation.  For instance, I made pumpkin bars, zucchini brownies, cucumber bread, and blueberry pie for the garage sale.  All of the main ingredients, I grew in my garden or in the case of the blueberries, picked at a local patch.  I for one was proud that I was able to pass on the goodness.  Well, when I shared or my relatives shared at the sale  that I grew the main ingredient, I rarely had a response that was more than an oh.  In a way, that made me a little sad, that so many didn't have an appreciation for home grown goodness.  But then to each their own I guess.  I hope I didn't sound like a crazy person.

2.  Speaking of pride, I had dinner with my cousins family this evening.  My 11 year old was at the adult table and my daughter at the kids table.  By now, I expect my 11 year old to use manners and really do not pay to much attention as to whether or not he is using them.  But in the case of my 3 year old she is still in the learning process.  As we were eating, I briefly looked over at my 3 year old and observed her take her napkin and place it on her lap before eating.  I showed this to her once about 6 months ago and never made much of a mention of it since then.  Through observation, she now does this on her own, without prompting.   I was so proud of her.  This was also a very good reminder that I need to set a good example because she is watching.

3.  I like to open cans of worms.  I'm busy, very busy but yet, I always feel as if I can take on more.  My recent adventure...chickens.  Yes, chickens.  I want 2.  I have wanted 2 for years. I want to name them Maggie and LuLu.  Our city ordinance will not allow it.  About 6-7 years ago, chickens were allowed however due to 1 or 2 families in our town of just over 30,000 having a large among of chickens, the city decided to nix any hopes of having the little egg producers in our back yards.  So since I want chickens, just two, for eggs only, I wrote my council member, emailed and encouraged all of my friends...and local twitter buddy, to do the same.  The problem is, I don't have a lot of time to follow up with this.  I don't have enough time to go to the council meeting and speak my case.  Most of all, this year, I do not have enough time to have chickens.  I think I simply want to go into the winter knowing that come spring, I will be able to have chickens.  The winter will give me enough time to plan for housing and make sure that I create a safe and healthy environment for the chickens, my family and my neighbors.

4.  I was cooking dinner the other night and stopped to observe the meal.  Everything that was going onto the plate, I knew where they came from. The vegetables I grew in my garden, with great care knowing that one day, the food would nourish the tummies of my family.  I was now able to serve my family, my children, my husband as if to say, here darling, I grew this for you.  To my children, to make them big, strong and healthy.  As for the meat, I knew where it came from, just 20 minutes away from my house.  I've known the family who raised the beef  probably longer than I have not.  How many people can say that.  How many people probably do not care.  Knowing where my food comes from is important to me.  Knowing that I can produce the majority of it warms my heart.

5.  I had huge hopes for a giant pumpkin.  Had imagined my kids posing as I took pictures with them next to one. I don't think my pumpkin dreams will come true.  I think the giant pumpkin has gone dormant. It hasn't grown in a week and it is turning orange.  So for next year, I will try not to get my hopes up too much before the pumpkin is at least 100 lbs. 

6.  My hair grows to fast and it is too thick.  Just in case you wanted to know.

7.  My husband pointed out that this is the 17th year of the X games.  I know this is totally off base but the X games began while I was in high school.  I can't believe it has been 17 years already.

8.  this post has taken me 50 minutes to write.  I still have so much to do yet sleep is calling my name.  Tomorrow is another busy day.

Good night all.  Thank you to all of those who visit.  I appreciate each and every one of you.
7 Responses
  1. GardenMom Says:

    You're funny. I would have been excited to hear about your homegrown baked goods. I make stuff for parties and tell people it's from my garden, and I sometimes get blah responses as well. Some people get it, some people don't.

  2. meemsnyc Says:

    I am so impressed that your baked sale goodies had produce you grew. I think that is so amazing!

  3. Laura Says:

    Ha! You sound like me! I love to get completely carried away when I already have too much on my plate! Good for you fighting the good fight for the chickens! I'd love to have a couple some day. Vancouver just passed a by-law allowing them. They even put money aside for a chicken rescue centre. I guess they fear people will change their minds after having the chickens. Anywhoo, I keep on my local mayor about letting us have chicken. I think it's in the tubes for the whole metro Vancouver area. There just waiting to see how it does in Vancouver first! Yay! Foreseeable future, I see you!

  4. @Gardenmom and @Meemsnyc thank you for appreciating homegrown goodness. Everything was mighty tasty if I say so myself.

    @Laura good luck with your chicken venture as well. We have city council elections in November. I should have more time at that point so if it doesn't go any where right now, I can really bug them after the election. :)

  5. meemsnyc Says:

    How was your garage sale? Hope it was successful! I am so jealous, we don't have garage sales in our neck of the woods. It's just something that I see very often. I think it's because the city itself has very few "garages" or driveways because there are so many tall buildings, so people have to resort to selling their stuff on the street or stoop. And the city has very strict rules about selling things on the street, stoop. You can get a ticket. Even in the outer boroughs where there are more houses, you don't see garage sales!

    The pickles are delicious aren't they? And I agree, adding the hot peppers add so much depth of flavor. And it's not that spicy, it's just gives it a punch. Next time I make the pickles, I'm going to add to the cucumbers some onions! It's impossible to wait the 10 days, I opened those babies up in like 5 days.

  6. meemsnyc Says:

    I just re-read my post, it should have said, "It's just something that I don't see very often".

  7. @meemsnyc the garage sale went well. Sold just under my goal. I will be having another large one at the end of the month to raise money for a memorial scholarship fund. I love garage sales, just don't like getting ready for one. It is so much work. I can't believe they ticket people! I have never heard of that but then again, I have never lived in a place much larger than 30,000.

    I am making another batch of pickles this weekend and adding onions is a good idea. My husband can't eat onions so that would leave the jars for me to enjoy. Darn. LOL

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